After two weeks of dreary, slow, basic storytelling movement, The Vampire Diaries finally came back to life a bit this week. That’s not to say it’s entirely on track, but I’m fairly certain this episode was a step in the right direction.
Most of the episode centered on the gang’s usual Scooby Doo antics as they attempted to take Klaus and the other Originals out yet again. Matt joined forces, proving that humans can kick ass, too. With his help, the gang took out Finn and sent Sage into a rage, only she died before she could do anything about losing her lover – but more on that later.
Jeremy got a puppy and was stalked by Kol, which Klaus – yay, he’s back! – used to manipulate Bonnie into lifting the spell that bound the Originals together. Afterward, she had a hysterical breakdown in Klaus’ driveway and I can’t really hold it against her. That girl has been through a lot.
Meanwhile, Damon was taken by Rebekah, who tortured him for using her as part of his plan with Sage. And boy, was it bloody. PsychoRic remained inside NormalRic – thank god – and he apologized to Caroline for killing her dad. She managed to shrug it off because you know at this point they all have blood on their hands. Now on to those Top 5 Moments that made this episode better than the previous ones (and if you’re like me, there hasn’t been that much to OMFG about lately). This episode did make up for it though.
5. Blood, blood, and more blood.
This episode had more blood in a single hour than the entire Hunger Games movie had in two and a half.
There have been spoiler pics of Rebekah torturing Damon out for weeks now, only none where as graphic as it actually was. Using claw animal traps, Rebekah suspended Damon from the ceiling, stabbed him in the stomach, sliced his chest, and slit his throat. It was painful to watch. Blood ran from so many places. And I felt sick to my stomach.
Meanwhile, Bonnie reversed the binding spell, which involved seriously dark and thick blood spreading across a table.
Oh, and there was that dream sequence where Elena fed Damon her blood to save him, but that’s coming up again later.
So. Much. Blood.
4. PsychoRic lost the white oak stake.
The episode opened with Alaric, Damon, and Stefan making stakes to kill the Originals. Later after killing Finn and realizing the Original’s biggest secret (that’s in moment #1), Stefan traded the stakes for Damon, who was being tortured by Rebekah.
When Klaus compelled Damon to tell him how many stakes existed and learned Stefan was lying to him, Klaus was angry and demanded them all or else he’d go after everyone Stefan cares about. That means Elena, of course.
Damon went to Ric to get the last stake, only he couldn’t find it because his psychotic side had made an appearance and hid the most important stake of all time. PsychoAlaric: 1 Scooby Gang: 0
3. Rebekah screws with Damon’s head.
Understandably so, Rebekah is quite displeased that Damon used. Torturing him until he was an exhausted bloody mess wasn’t enough. She got inside his head and created, what viewers didn’t realize was fake at first, a sequence where Elena showed up at Klaus’ and saved Damon.
It made sense that it was a dream sequence because at first I was wondering 1) how Elena waltzed into Klaus’ house, 2) how she freed Damon from the animal claw traps so easily, and 3) why she looked so damn turned on when Damon fed from her.
Real or not, it was a beautiful Delena moment where she saved his life (which she has done before) and they shared an insanely heated gaze that faded out as their heads leaned in. Cue the dirty fan fiction that picks up from that scene right now.
2. Stefan loves Elena and always will.
Scenes like this one are why I always fall firmly in the middle of loving Stefan and Elena and loving Damon and Elena.
Stefan has spent so much of his time trying to kill Klaus. It’s consumed him and in many ways temporarily ruined his life. He’s only just got it back together. And now he’s learned that it was all for nothing. The Scooby Doo Gang has lost. Klaus won.
Elena attempted to lift his spirits and remind him that he went through hell and came out the other side, but Stefan countered by reminding her all that he had lost. She told him she never stopped loving him and he admitted he knew that. Still, everything was his fault, mostly that she is also in love with Damon now. She tried to deny it, but when Stefan told her that he loved her and always would (my heart wept!) and asked her to look him in the eye and say she didn’t love Damon, she couldn’t. She told him she didn’t know what to feel and Stefan walked away.
1. The Original Game Changer
This is where things got really interesting. Bonnie managed to remove the binding just as Stefan, Elena, and Matt came together to kill Finn. Later at the Salvatore mansion, Sage and her sidekick,Troy, burst in the door, prepared to take Stefan down, expect she dropped dead on the spot. Oh, there was some blood here, too, spit up all over the Salvatore’s fancy oriental rugs.
Everyone stared around dumbfounded, but they quickly put the pieces together as any good Scooby Doo Gang does. Finn turned Sage, who turned Troy, which makes them of the same bloodline. Elena was the first to figure out that the bloodlines are connected and therefore whoever was turned by an Original also dies. This means that everyone in MysticFallswould die because they are all linked together. Whoa.
Later, Elena and Caroline talked about how the bloodline between Damon, Stefan, and Caroline is linked to Katherine, so if they can trace it back it will be linked to just one Original. This meant they could still kill Klaus as long as he wasn’t in their bloodline. Or rather it did, because Caroline quickly reminded Elena thatTylerhad been turned by Klaus and that means he’d die.
This is a total game changer, folks.
Any thoughts on where this is taking the rest of the season? How do you feel about this episode? And why in the hell do we have to wait until April 19th for another episode?!